Unfortunately, NYC private schools are ramping up the pressure on kids.  Recent changes include:

  • Schools now require the ISEE, a paper and pencil, multiple choice, subject based test, for 5th grade as well as 6th-12th grade applicants,
  • A few liberal, progressive elementary schools that used to shun the ERB now are just like the others, asking that all kindergarten applicants submit scores,
  • More prekindergarten programs want ERB scores from nursery schoolers.  This year, Horace Mann and Riverdale joined the club.

Are students’ and families’ interests served by these changes?  No.